With An Order Of 30 Jets, airBaltic to Become Largest Airbus A220 Customer In Europe

In a significant development at the Dubai Airshow 2023, Latvia's national airline, airBaltic, has announced a firm purchase agreement for 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. This order, combined with existing ones, will enable airBaltic to operate a fleet of 100 A220s by 2030.


A Strategic Move

The announcement was made during the Dubai Airshow 2023. The order is a strategic move by airBaltic as it gears up to list publicly via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2024. The airline has presented a business plan of operating 100 aircraft by 2030.

Expansion Plans

With the new firm order for 30 Airbus A220-300s and purchase rights for a further 20, airBaltic is positioned to grow its fleet to 100 of the type by 2030. The Riga, Latvia-based carrier plans to expand its existing bases in the Baltics and the 127 routes it currently serves.

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The A220-300 Aircraft

The A220-300 variant of the Airbus is not yet certified to fly at London City Airport (LCY), which has a steep approach and short runway. However, Airbus confirmed it is trying to get the -300 certified for LCY. "We're constantly trying to improve the operability of the airplane,” said Airbus CCO Christian Scherer.

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Trust in the Aircraft

Despite being affected by accelerated inspections of Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines (GTF), airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss expressed full trust in the aircraft with the engine. "We have been through a difficult summer,” Gauss added. “The engine is maturing and we wouldn’t place an order if we didn’t have full trust in the aircraft with the engine”.


This order marks a significant milestone for airBaltic and its expansion plans. With the new Airbus A220-300s, the airline is well-positioned to enhance its services and reach new heights in the aviation industry.

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